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Bearhawk shows quick-build LSA

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Bearhawk Aircraft owner Mark Goldberg flew the company’s first quick-build light sport kitplane to EAA AirVenture, a 9.7-hour journey from Texas.

Briefing: Dusty flies again

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

The action may be animated, but the production team behind Disney’s new film Planes 2: Fire and Rescue, sequel to the 2013 animated feature Planes, strove to keep every detail as realistic as possible.

Return of the Astore

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Luigi Pascale is the head designer at Tecnam and he designed the Astore, Tecnam’s new luxury Light Sport aircraft with an all-metal airframe.

Avgas replacement: It’s not just about octane

Article | Jul 31, 2014

After testing more than 3,000 formulas over a 10-year period, Shell Aviation submitted its candidate fuel to the FAA for consideration as a fleet-wide, unleaded avgas replacement in July.

Light Sport Aircraft: Soul-stirring airplane

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Like a duck that switches from sitting placidly atop the water to a furiously splashing, flapping, quacking master of flight, the Amphibious Carbon Cub leaps into air with a burst of raw energy.<

SAM LS completes spin testing

Article | Jul 31, 2014

The experimental SAM LS has successfully completed spin testing, SAM Aircraft Founder Thierry Zibi announced July 30 at EAA AirVenture.

SkyCraft LSA completes flight testing

Article | Jul 30, 2014

The SkyCraft SD-1 Minisport has completed flight testing and hopes to achieve certification by September, the company announced July 30 at EAA AirVenture.

Rotax rolls out 912 iS Sport

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Rotax now offers a new, follow-on engine to its popular 912 iS engine. From now on, the company will deliver its new, 100-horsepower, fuel-injected 912 iS Sport engines.

Light sport industry celebrates 10 years, looks ahead

Article | Jul 29, 2014

The light sport industry, which reached 10 years in July, is going to continue to be a source of innovation in aviation for the next 10 years, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association President Dan Johnson said July 29 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Able Flight celebrates new sport pilots

Article | Jul 29, 2014

After earning their wings to become sport pilots, six pilots in Able Flight’s training program were honored July 29 at EAA AirVenture.

Beringer announces new wheels for certified, light aircraft

Article | Jul 29, 2014

Beringer Wheels and Brakes announced the availability of several types of aircraft wheels on July 29 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and said a new anti-groundloop tailwheel design is forthcoming.

First production Icon A5 makes a splash at AirVenture

Article | Jul 28, 2014

The first production Icon A5 amphibious light sport aircraft made a big splash at a company event that kicked off the EAA AirVenture show on July 27.

MVP Aero developing light sport amphib

Article | Jul 27, 2014

MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.

Dynon adds video to glass cockpit

Article | Jul 25, 2014

Dynon Avionics, the pioneering company that provides fully featured glass cockpits for light sport and experimental aircraft at half the cost of fully certified displays, adds more sophistication with video input, upgraded weather, and wide-angle synthetic vision.

Maverick taking people where cars, planes normally can’t go

Article | Jul 24, 2014

Webster’s Dictionary defines “maverick” as a person who takes an independent stand. But it’s also the name of a two-person flying car that resembles a dune buggy in flight.

Garmin G3X Touch gets smaller

Article | Jul 23, 2014

Garmin is offering a downsized version of its popular G3X Touch designed for tight experimental and light sport panels.

The Flying Neutrons: Safety, friendship, affordable flying

Article | Jul 21, 2014

The Flying Neutrons club was originally formed by GE engineers.

New light sport amphib to be announced at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 10, 2014

A new amphibious light sport aircraft that promises to be a direct competitor to the Icon A5 will be announced at EAA AirVenture by MVP.aero.

Chief Joseph Flyers offers affordable flight training, aircraft

Article | Jul 07, 2014

Oregon’s Chief Joseph Flyers offers members access to affordable flight training and hourly flying.

Garmin G3X Touch takes on the Mountain West

Article | Jul 01, 2014

The Mountain West and a Carbon Cub test the new Garmin G3X Touch avionics system.

Pilots feel the love at Colorado’s Loveland Fly-In

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2014

While pancakes were frying on the griddle early June 21, pilots were flying in to Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport in Loveland, Colo., for the Colorado Pilots Association’s annual Aviation Expo and Fly-In.

News from Headquarters

Article | Jun 16, 2014

The flying club tent at AOPA's second regional fly-in was busy.

Guest Editorial: Giving pilots a voice

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

Border protection is incredibly important, but targeting the general aviation community demonstrates a lack of respect for legal protections enjoyed by all Americans.

LSA maker positioned to meet demand in China

Article | May 28, 2014

Quicksilver Aeronautics, a manufacturer of kit and ready-to-fly light sport aircraft, has entered an agreement to distribute its aircraft in China.

Op-Ed: Helping General Aviation Take Off

Advocacy | May 28, 2014

The third class medical is an example of an old, well-intended rule that needs to be updated. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita explains how the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act aims to do just that.

Sporty's awards sweepstakes RV-12

Article | May 21, 2014

The purchase of a simple airport/facility directory turned out to be a lot more than that for John Ballard of Midlothian, Texas.

Icon announces move to Northern California

Article | May 15, 2014

Southern California-based Icon Aircraft announced May 14 that it will relocate to a 140,000-square-foot facility in the city of Vacaville, about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco.

P&E Avionics: Synthetic Vision for tablets

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

Garmin didn’t invent GPS-derived synthetic vision, but adding it to the G1000 avionics suite legitimized and popularized the technology.

Fly Well: Changing face of aeromedicine

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

Dr. Warren Silberman managed the FAA medical certification division from 1997 through 2011.

Quicksilver SLSA official

Article | Apr 30, 2014

Quicksilver has received final FAA approval to begin selling its two-seat trike, the Sport S2SE, as a factory-built special light sport aircraft.

Able Flight announces 2014 scholarships

Article | Apr 16, 2014

Able Flight, the nonprofit organization that works to provide free flight training to individuals with physical disabilities, announced the awards of a record-setting nine scholarships in 2014.

How we'll fly in 2089

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

General aviation’s future depends on dealing with higher costs and on making do with less, says industry analyst Richard Aboulafia.

What if?

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

Over the 75 years since AOPA’s founding, its principal goal has been to prevent GA from suffering a fate analogous to Bambi’s. Yes, AOPA’s charter gives the association three main goals: to make flying easier, safer, and more fun.

Visual Approach: Advanced Technology

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

New categories such as kit airplanes and Light Sport aircraft have joined the old standards from the 1950s like the Cessna 172, but most new aircraft built today feature advanced technology including glass cockpits, satellite navigation, and electronic engine monitors.

Notable quotables from Sun ‘n Fun

Article | Apr 07, 2014

AOPA Online captures interesting quotes from the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Quicksilver intros Sport 2S, expands assembly sites

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Quicksilver’s latest product is the new Sport 2S, a 65-horsepower Rotax 582-powered two seater made of aluminum tubing and Dacron-covered airfoils.

AOPA WELCOMES THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL RULEMAKING

News release | Apr 02, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) on April 2 said that it welcomed the FAA’s announcement that it will launch a rulemaking process that could result in expanding the number of pilots allowed to fly without obtaining a third-class medical certificate.

FAA announces rulemaking on third-class medical

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2014

The FAA has announced plans to go through a rulemaking process that could result in thousands more pilots being allowed to fly without a third class medical.

Scheme Designers hosts scavenger hunt

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Scheme Designers, the design company that creates paint schemes for everything from light sport aircraft to airliners—as well as this year’s AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair—is hosting a scavenger hunt at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.

Tecnam starts expansion in United States

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Tecnam, an Italian firm well established in Europe, is making significant investments aimed at growth in the United States, including introducing the Astore light sport aircraft.

LAMA looks to future of light sport industry

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Light sport aircraft manufacturers may take on a growing share of general aviation aircraft deliveries, according to an industry forecast and analysis by the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association.

Policy change riles LSA industry

Article | Mar 26, 2014

A draft FAA policy would prevent some light sport aircraft from carrying passengers, flying over densely populated areas, or flying at night. AOPA and the light sport aircraft industry oppose the changes.

Garmin G3X Touch an all-in-one avionics suite

Article | Mar 25, 2014

Garmin’s new G3X Touch for Experimental and light sport aircraft includes synthetic vision with highway-in-the-sky guidance, a color moving map with terrain warnings, weather and traffic, a digital autopilot, a graphic engine monitor, communications radio, and transponder with ADS-B Out.